Here it is, the final episode of Jovian Shadows. I may at some time in the future create a second draft and make it into a full fledged novel. It would probably nearly double in size but who knows. I’ll post a link to a mobile / pdf version to this draft shortly.
I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I did writing it.
The image of Melan looked around the table at the gathered Humans. “I’ll take questions now.”
Everyone looked at each other with expressions of worry. It was Redbeard who broke the silence. “How long?”
Melan said, “It is hard to say. As I said, we were coincidentally close, and already familiar with your species. The others are unaware, or will be until they receive the signal.”
Castaneda said, “Who will get here first?”
Melan’s tongue ran under his lower lip as he thought. “I would say… the Charem De would be most likely to arrive. They are faster than the Ixuul and more ambitious. Though this system has little tactical use, it might some day, and its resources are fresh.”
Landover leaned back in his chair again. “What is your assessment of Earth’s current defensive ability?”
Melan didn’t hesitate this time. “The Charem De would control your system in fewer than 30 days. Earth has no adequate defense in space. You stand a better chance on the ground. You are aggressive and well armed, but not well enough. Your planet would fall to Charem De control within three months.”